Examination of John Moore, Jr., on the charge against him by the Committee of Newtown, Letter to the Committee of Newtown


A Letter from the Committee of Newtown, dated yesterday, was read and filed. They therein inform that, on complaint of several of the inhabitants of Newtown against John Moore, Jun˙, of a fresh insult to the United Colonies, by hoisting, or suffering to be hoisted, on his ground a large Flag in imitation of the King' s Standard; and as he had refused to give sufficient satisfaction to the Committee, that they have sent him down to this Congress for examination, together with a Flag, under a guard, by Captain Abraham Remsen.

Captain Abraham Remsen, with the said Flag, and John Moore, Jun˙, the prisoner, were brought in.

John Moore, Jun˙, examined, says: That it was a parcel of school-boys who go to school in Newtown, who hoisted colours on his field; that he first saw them on a small, and afterwards on a high, pole of fifteen or twenty feet; that he does not know whose colours they are, and why they were put up; that he first saw them hoisted on a fast-day; that the boys told him they got the colours of a lad from New-York, now in Newtown, whose name is Moore; that he ordered them down on the fast-day, but not afterwards; that as children put them up, he did not imagine that men would take notice of it; that he has not signed the General Association; that it was not offered to him to sign; that he knew where the Association was one day; that no person ever advised him to have the Flag taken down; that it was flying in his yard when the gentlemen of the Committee came for him yesterday, and they took it down; that it has been up some days and down on other days; that he lives near the school; that Thomas Walton' s son lodges with him; that there are there two sons of Mr˙ Le Roy, two of Thomas White, and one of Mr˙ Matthews, and others, about sixteen or seventeen in number; that he does not recollect what is in the Association. Being asked if he would defend the United Colonies by force of arms, answered that he did not choose to fight, and never meant to fight if he could avoid it, and would avoid it as long as he could.

Captain Abraham Remsen withdrew with his prisoner, and the Congress took the same into consideration.

On motion of Mr˙ Morris,

Ordered, That John Moore, Jun˙, be kept in this Town


a prisoner upon his parole, until the Congress shall make further order concerning him.

Captain Remsen and John Moore, Jun˙, were called in. The said John Moore, Jun˙, in Congress, gave his promise parole to abide and tarry in the City of New-York, and attend at the City-Hall, from day to day, ready to obey the Call or direction of this Congress, and not to depart the City without leave. He was thereupon permitted to go at large.

A draft of a Letter to the Committee of Newtown, returning them thanks for their vigilance, was read and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

GENTLEMEN: I am directed by the Congress to return you the thanks of this Congress for your zeal manifested in the securing John Moore, Jun˙, and sending him to this city.

With the warmest wishes for success upon every effort you shall make in the great and glorious cause of freedom, I have the honour to be, gentlemen, your most obedient and humble servant.

To the Chairman and Members of the Committee of New-town.

Ordered, That a copy of the said Letter be signed by the President and transmitted.